High-Speed Rail

Gov. Brown taps transportation consultant for HSR vacancy

Gov. Jerry Brown filled one of three vacancies on the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board on Thursday, appointing transportation consultant Katherine Perez-Estolano of Pasadena to the board.

Perez-Estolano, 45, is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development, according to the governor's office. She co-founded the consulting firm Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors LLC in 2011. Perez-Estolano previously worked as executive director of the Urban Land Institute's Los Angeles District Council, vice president of Forest City Land Development, and executive diretor of the Transportation and Land Use Collabortive of Southern California.

She served as Pasadena's deputy mayor from 1998 to 2000, and was transportation manager for the city of South Pasadena from 1996 to 1998.

Two other vacancies remain on the nine-member panel. One is reserved for appointment by the Speaker of the state Assembly, while the other remains to be filled by the president pro tem of the state Senate.